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New Patients

At Underwood Chiropractic, we would like you to feel comfortable coming in for care by giving you clear expectations for your first visit. Before you even arrive at our office, there are some things that you should do. If you have health insurance, call us with your information and we will verify (verification of benefits, is not a guarantee of benefits) your benefits before you arrive. Still, make sure to bring your insurance card and valid photo ID to your first visit. Also, if you have been in an auto accident or injured on the job be sure to bring copies of any relevant paperwork and information about the accident or injury. If you have had X-rays or other advanced imaging at other health care facilities, talk with our office staff prior to your first visit to find out whether or not you should obtain those images and bring them with you. With respect for your busy schedule, we have provided our new patient paperwork on the above link, so you can get a head start before you arrive at our office.

You can expect your first visit to last approximately one hour. Your spouse and children are welcome to accompany you if you would like. When you arrive at Underwood Chiropractic, you will be greeted warmly and guided through any additional paperwork needed.

Upon completing your paperwork, a thorough history will be obtained by Dr. Underwood and then he will perform an exam including chiropractic, orthopedic, and neurological tests. Functional tests including: range of motion, muscle strength, and muscle activation testing will help Dr. Underwood better assess your condition. The doctor will then advise you whether your condition can be improved/resolved with the therapies available at Underwood Chiropractic or whether your condition requires attention from a medical doctor. If the doctor feels that chiropractic care and/or soft tissue therapy will benefit you, he will then recommend taking X-rays of the area to be treated in order to determine how posture, degeneration, malformation, or injury is affecting you. Recent X-rays taken by other healthcare providers can often be analyzed by Dr. Underwood rather than taking new ones.

Dr. Underwood will discuss clinical findings from the health history, examination, and X-rays. He will use the Report of Findings to give detailed answers to the following three questions as well as answer any additional questions you may have.

  1.  What's Wrong?
  2. How we can treat it?
  3. How long do we expect it to take?

Treatment options will be explained, as well as a recommended course of care. A staff member will take the time to make sure you understand your obligations regarding finances and insurance. Treatment will begin after examination, unless further imaging or testing is needed.